I have a mixture of art, fanzines and perzines ranging in topics from relationships to dogs I used to work with. Some of my zines can be seen as satirical how-to's, while others have inspiring quotes.
My zines are about everything I have experienced about life thus far; break-ups, death, fangirling, being an artist and having shitty roommates, to name a few.
To me, independent publishing means full control. For some people (like me), that's important.
My first zine was the my first issue of "From Hell To Highwater", which featured art and poetry created by women. I wasn't sure what kind of response I'd get when I put out the call for submissions, but it was rad! There wasn't a theme, I just wanted to make sure it only contained art by women. Issue 1 was also a great learning experience for me as far as figuring out the. For the first few issues I would make a "dummy zine" and cut and paste everything...eventually I got a groove going in Photoshop.